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Address: Western end of the Gran Via, Madrid, Spain
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A Picturesque and Enjoyable Plaza

A peaceful oasis in Madrid (at the end of the Grand Via) with a park, a nice fountain and the impressive monument to Cervantes. The monument itself is worth the trip. It is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 2, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

A peaceful oasis in Madrid (at the end of the Grand Via) with a park, a nice fountain and the impressive monument to Cervantes. The monument itself is worth the trip. It is also a nice picture, a contrast to the tall buildings that serve as a backdrop. It is near the Pl Espana Metro and the Egyptian Temple of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The plaza itself has monuments and a large fountain. Often, there are vendors on the large tree lined plaza. I do enjoy the grilled meats and seeing people on a stroll or lounging in the sun. It can be busy even in the winter.

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A large monument honoring Cervantes dominates the center of the plaza; surrounding it are tree-lined paths for strolling and sidewalk cafes for snacking and people-watching. The plaza is a short walk from the Palacio Real (Royal Palace) and seems to be a favorite spot for locals as well as tourists to relax.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Great place to visit and take in the sights. Grab a seat and people watch for a while and enjoy the the Plaza. Still a lot to take in even in winter.

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Among all the squares of the city that's my favorite one, it is undoubtedly the Plaza España. Large and very spacious, I appreciated the colossal monuments, including the imposing statues and the fountain is also really impressive. The perfect place for a little 'relaxation enjoing the monuments. A short distance bars and cafes if you want to take advantage of... More 

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Murray, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We visited the Plaza de Espana mid-afternoon in April and the ambiance of the City of Madrid is felt here. You are in the middle of the city with beautiful tree-lined streets and blooms on the trees.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A must see area of the city. I loved this part of the city. I found myself coming back to this area. There were so many things to see in the area. Very relaxing and lots of people if thats your type of thing. There was a measum in this area can not remember the name of it but you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Plaza de España is on the western edge of Gran Via. In the square is a monument of Cervantes and there are Bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza which are extremely popular with tourists. On the day of my visit the square was being prepared for the Christmas Fair and people were being ushered away from the monuments.... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

great place to just walk and relax when having a busy exploring day. nice place to sit on a bench and have a picnic

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Malaga, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The Plaza de España is in downtown Madrid and has two high skyscraper buildings. The monument to Cervantes is quite impressive. One can usually find many small stores in the square where one can buy inexpensive items.

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Arguelles
Just south of the sprawling campus of the Complutense University of Madrid, Arguelles exudes a fast-paced, collegiate vibe. The main street, Calle Princesa, is filled with twenty-somethings rushing between classes and errands, meeting up with classmates, and grabbing cheap beers and cheap eats. This is a prime shopping spot where the major Spanish clothing and department store chains are less busy than their downtown counterparts, and there is an array of casual dining options to choose from. Check out nearby outdoor spaces such as the lushly planted Plaza de España to the south, which is often filled with craft stalls. To the west of Arguelles is the giant Parque Oueste, a calm and picturesque park with its own Egyptian temple.
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